iRobot Wants to Sell Mapping Data Collected by Roomba Vacuums to a Tech Company Like Apple


iRobot CEO Colin Angle today told Reuters that he hopes indoor mapping data collected by Roomba automatic vacuum cleaning machines can be sold to a company like Amazon, Apple, or Google in the near future.

iRobot’s latest line of 900-series Roomba vacuums use simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology to map rooms while they clean, memorizing room layout and the location of furniture. Angle believes that mapping data collected by the Roomba could be used to make other in-home smart devices like lighting, thermostats, and security cameras smarter.

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Google Earth wants you to upload your own photos and videos one day

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Google Earth is expanding its Voyager feature, which shows special videos and photos attached to specific spots around the globe, to one day include content from the public.

Announced during a special event in Brazil, Google parent Alphabet wants to open up Google Earth to include photos, videos, stories and other contributions from regular users within the next two to three years, according to Reuters.

By pinpointing locations that have special meaning to them, users could theoretically write a story about their experience at that very spot, complete with photos and video for others to enjoy.

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Google wants to kill your phone

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Google is working hard to make phones obsolete.

The company wouldn’t admit this. And they don’t want me to say it. They still have to make nice with mobile phone carriers who support and sell Android phones.

In getting rid of the phone as we know it, Google is both on the right side of history and also on your company’s side. The post-phone world is a world with higher-quality voice communication, better security and telephony services that work better than today’s communication apps.

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Honor Band 3 wants to be king of the budget fitness trackers

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Honor Band 3 wants to be king of the budget fitness trackers

At £59.99, it’s still pricier than picking up a Xiaomi Mi Band 2, the Withings (now Nokia) Go and the Fitbit Zip. But you do get more sensors and data for your money with the Band 3. Ultimately though, the hardware is just one piece of the puzzle and the …

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Andy Rubin wants to begin shipping Essential Phone ‘in 30 days or so’


If you’re hungry for more Essential Phone details following the device’s official debut, Andy Rubin is happy to oblige.

Rubin took part in an interview with Walt Mossberg on May 30th, and in it he shared a few more details about the Essential Phone and his release plans. Essential has been pretty quiet about the Essential Phone’s release thus far, but Rubin revealed that we could begin to see the device hitting doorsteps in June. “You can reserve it now and I wouldn’t take reservations if it wasn’t going to ship in 30 days or so,” he explained.

Looking ahead, Rubin plans to get the Essential Phone in retail stores, too. Essential plans to get its phone in both …
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